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September 30, 2013

CCS faculty associates and alumni comment on the Bo Xilai trial

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Mary Gallagher
CCS Director
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bo trial shows obedience is Beijing's goal: analysts

by Neil Connor, Agence France-Presse

Nico Howson
Professor of Law
U-M Law School

Bo trial combines old and new in Chinese law: analysts
by Kelly Olsen, Agence France-Presse

David Shambaugh (PhD '89, political science)
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University

China seeks to erase Bo Xilai influence
by Jamil Anderlini, The Financial Times

Yuhua Wang (PhD '11, political science)
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

What we learned from Bo Xilai trial

Posted by zzhu at 05:31 PM

September 27, 2013

The Tang Junyi Lecture Series 2013 - TWO TALKS

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures presents:

The Tang Junyi Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: South Thayer Building, Room 1022

Intellectual History and the Inner Logic of Chinese Philosophy

Speaker: John Makeham, Australian National University

In this presentation Professor Makeham argues that whereas earlier generations of internal participants in the formation of Chinese philosophy as an academic discipline acknowledged that one or more non-Chinese philosophical traditions were essential to articulating China's philosophical past, influential modern commentators have instead argued that paradigms and norms derived from the West, in particular, are not only inappropriate to the articulation of China's philosophical heritage but are also fundamentally hegemonic. Professor Makeham also draws attention to the influence of what he calls the "inner logic" paradigm, which emphasizes the continued agency and relevance of the past in the present. He maintains that this paradigm has contributed to the conferral of methodological legitimacy on so-called epistemological nativism: the idea that the articulation and development of China's philosophical heritage must draw exclusively on the endogenous paradigms and norms of China's indigenous heritage.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: South Thayer Building, Room 1022

New Confucianism and The Revival of Yogacara Buddhism in Modern China

Speaker: John Makeham, Australian National University

Since the 1970s, New Confucian philosophy has been growing in influence in "cultural China" to become the dominant philosophical current in Chinese philosophy of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Its rise to pre-eminence in mainland China over the past two decades is nothing short of phenomenal. Its proponents claim that it is the legitimate transmitter and representative of orthodox Confucian values. It remains the case, however, that the negative and positive roles Buddhism has played in the construction of New Confucian philosophy generally remains muted or absent in contemporary accounts that emphasize the movement's connections with Confucian traditions of the Song and Ming periods. In this presentation Professor Makeham aims to show why an adequate understanding of New Confucian philosophy must include an understanding of the role that Buddhist thought played in its construction. This claim consists of two arguments. First, that Yogacara Buddhist thought was both a resource and a foil for major New Confucian figures. Second, that New Confucianism's most influential theorists, Xiong Shili and Mou Zongsan, both sided with Sinitic Buddhism -- that is, traditions such as Huyan, Tiantai, and Chan that first developed in China -- in construction their philosophical systems.

John Makeham, BA (hons) (ANU), MA (ANU), PhD (ANU), FAHA
Professor at School of Culture, History & Language; Australian National University

John Makeham is a specialist in Chinese intellectual history with a particular interest in Confucian philosophy. He is a past President of the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy and is editor of the monograph series, Modern Chinese Philosophy (Brill). He has also recently completed an edited volume on Neo-Confucian philosophy and an edited volume on the formation of Chinese philosophy as an academic discipline. Currently is preparing an annotated translation of Xiong Shili's Xin Weishi lun (New Treatise on Cognition-only), a seminal text in twentieth-century Chinese Buddhist and Confucian philosophy.-

For more information, please contact the Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures at um-asia[at]umich[dot]edu, or 734-764-8286.

Posted by zzhu at 02:56 PM

September 26, 2013

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Emily Wilcox

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Emily Wilcox
Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, U-M

China's Contemporary Dance Scene

October 1, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

China’s contemporary dance scene is one of the most dynamic and diverse in the world. Boasting styles as varied as military dances, historical costume dramas, minority dance productions, and modern experimental works, “concert dance” in China is a wide category that must itself be interrogated to begin to gain any understanding of dance in China in the 21st century. In this talk, I introduce major dance works presented in Beijing during the summer of 2013, together with the broader category each work represents, to provide an outline of the basic genres and institutions that currently constitute China’s contemporary dance scene.

Posted by zzhu at 05:20 PM

September 19, 2013

CCS Faculty Associates in the News - updated September 2013

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Mary Gallagher
CCS Director
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bo trial shows obedience is Beijing's goal: analysts

by Neil Connor, Agence France-Presse

Academic Ties With China Face New Scrutiny in Dispute Over Dissident

by Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

China setting up first university campuses abroad

by Didi Tang, The Associated Press

Even after earlier fire, China poultry plant workers didn't query locked doors
by Koh Gui Qing, Reuters

A compilation of all of Mary Gallagher's comments on Chinese labor politics

Nico Howson
Professor of Law
U-M Law School

Bo trial combines old and new in Chinese law: analysts
by Kelly Olsen, Agence France-Presse

Linda Lim
Professor of Strategy
U-M Ross School of Business

Snyder to address Detroit bankruptcy concerns during Asia trade mission

by Bryce G. Hoffman, The Detroit News

Bright Sheng
Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition
U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Detroit Lures Lang Lang For Concert, Webcast
by Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press

Yu Xie
Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Statistics
U-M College of Literature, Science & the Arts

New Survey Finds China Unequal, Unemployed and Untrusting
by Tom Orlik and Sophia Cheng, The Wall Street Journal

Posted by zzhu at 08:09 PM

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Lydia Li

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Lydia Li
Associate Professor of Social Work, U-M

Successful Aging in Transitional China: Accomplishments and Challenges

September 24, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Successful aging is a very relevant topic for China, given that it has the largest elderly population in the world and one of the fastest rates of population aging in human history. In this talk, Professor Li will address three questions. First, has there been more success in successful aging since China began the economic reform in the late 1970s? Second, who among those living in contemporary China are more and less likely to age successfully and why? Third, how would the trend of successful aging in China be affected by rapid industrialization and urbanization? She will review the literature, especially empirical studies, to draw answers to the questions. Challenges to realizing successful aging in China will be discussed.

Posted by zzhu at 07:40 PM

Call for Papers: Princeton Graduate Student Symposium in East Asian Art

Graduate Student Symposium in East Asian Art
Saturday, 1 March 2014
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
9:30 am –5:30 pm

Wit and Humor: Visualizing Playfulness in East Asian Art

Keynote Speaker • Dr. Christine Guth
Senior Tutor, Asian Design and Material Culture Specialism
Royal College of Art

Wit and humor have played an important role in art from ancient times to the present, sometimes transcending cultures. Humor, the basis of which often lies in breaking boundaries and flouting conventions, can provide amusement to a wide audience but also can convey hidden innuendoes intelligible only to the savvy few. What makes who laugh? What is humorous often depends on the point of view and context. What is humorous to some might be considered as insulting or deadly serious to others. Humor has also been used to disguise the dark and grotesque, inciting laughter at the expense of others. Similarly, the kitsch, the camp, and the cute frequently straddle the boundaries of play and humor. How do artists convey or visualize humor? Artists sometimes exploit political events, religion, elite culture, and social customs to provoke laughter. By visualizing the unconventional, deviating from established norms, or juxtaposing unexpected subjects and styles, they can find innovative ways to display wit, humor, and play in their works. How can scholars decode, identify, and differentiate between humor, satire, farce, parody, and irony in playful works of art? Are there underlying messages encrypted in witty and unconventional works? What are the recurrent themes that might signal humorous intent? Do we laugh more or less, or at different times, over the years and centuries? This symposium invites keen minds to explore visual articulations of wit and humor in East Asia. Does the serious study of humor necessarily take the laughter out of it?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
● Caricatures
● Parody prints/paintings and their meanings
● Literary and theatrical appropriations in art
● How is humor disguised and decoded?
● Is it possible to establish categories of humor that work(ed) in other cultures?
● Relationship among humor, satire, and politics
● Spontaneity and unconventional artistic practices
● Reading humor and critique in anthropomorphism and zoomorphism
● Boundaries between the grotesque, the ugly, and the humorous
● Playful and humorous juxtapositions in art
● Comparative studies of humor within and beyond East Asia

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with additional time set aside for discussion.

Whether you have something hilarious, laughable, or perhaps just a tad ticklish, we would like to hear about it! Enter your 300-400 word abstract for a chance to come to Princeton University, where we guarantee that your performance will not be met with rotten tomatoes. Non-humorous entries will also be seriously considered. Please kindly include your curriculum vitae, which will aid us in determining your HPF (Humor Potential Factor).

All entries are due by 15 November 2013.

Please email submissions to:
Wai Yee Chiong and Sol Jung
Department of Art and Archaeology
Princeton University

Posted by zzhu at 01:06 PM

Call for Proposals: Remapping Asian Migrations through Language

An International Symposium hosted by the
University of Otago Asian Migrations Research Theme
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The symposium “Remapping Asian Migrations through Language” addresses language-based approaches to thinking about the encounters between, and movements of, people and ideas in Asia. The symposium responds to the work of keynote speaker Shu-mei Shih (see below) and others to establish Sinophone studies as an alternative to nation and ethnic-centred Chinese studies approaches and calls such as Jing Tsu’s for a “new area studies” based on languages rather than regions. The symposium asks: how does mapping Asia through the movements of languages change the way we think about migration, the Asian region, and the idea of regional studies itself?

Proposals are invited for papers to be presented during this one-day symposium at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. To register your interest, please submit an abstract of 250 words along with a brief (100-word) bio note to Dr Tui Clery by Friday, 18 October.

Please note that there is no registration fee for accepted speakers, but speakers outside Dunedin will need to cover their own travel, accommodation, and other costs of attendance.

The symposium is convened by Associate Professor Jacob Edmond on behalf of the University of Otago Asian Migrations Research Theme.

Keynote speaker: Professor Shu-mei Shih 史書美
Shu-mei Shih is professor of comparative literature, Asian languages and cultures, and Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also currently holds an appointment at the University of Hong Kong. She is the author of, among other works, Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations Across the Pacific (U of California P, 2007) and The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917–1937 (U of California P, 2001). She is co-editor of Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader (Columbia UP, 2013), The Creolization of Theory (Duke UP, 2011), and Minor Transnationalisms (Duke UP, 2005).

Professor Shih is one of the key figures in the development of “Sinophone studies,” a new approach to the study of Sinitic languages, literatures, and cultures outside a national or ethnic paradigm. Like the Asian Migrations Research Theme, Shih’s work engages the fields of diaspora, intercultural, global, and transnational studies, and seeks to understand culture beyond the boundaries of one nation. Her work has been particularly concerned with diasporic and transnational Sinophone communities. She has forcefully made the case against the traditional focus on ethnicity and nation at the expense of attention to language in the study of the movements of peoples and cultures beyond the boundary of one nation.

Posted by zzhu at 11:07 AM

Applications for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies now available online

Applications are now available online for Pre-dissertation grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships in the second competition of the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies.

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in the U.S. through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. Studies on and in China have developed over the last 30 years in the United States into a robust field, but current conditions pose daunting problems, especially for scholars just before and just after the dissertation.

Predissertation-Summer Grants, for graduate students who wish to conduct preliminary preparations in China prior to beginning basic research for the dissertation. The grants are for graduate students -- with a Ph.D. prospectus in hand or developing one -- to investigate the research currently underway in Chinese archives and field sites, to establish contact with Chinese scholars, and to secure necessary permissions for their own fieldwork or archival research;

Postdoctoral Fellowships, for scholars who are revising their Ph.D. dissertations for publication or embarking on new research projects.

The deadline for applications is November 12, 2013.

To start your application register at ofa.acls.org/ or click the Online Fellowship Application tab on the program’s page.

More information on the program may be found on the ACLS website at acls.org/programs/china-studies/.

Please send all inquiries to chinastudies[at]acls[dot]org.

American Council of Learned Societies

Posted by zzhu at 11:06 AM

Lecture by CCS alumnus Andrew Mertha: Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979

Speaker: Andrew Mertha (PhD '01, Political Science), professor of government, Cornell University
Host Department: Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)
Co-hosted by: CCS
Date: 09/27/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: International Institute-Room 1636

Beijing's extensive engagement with the developing world suggests an inexorably rising China, securing a degree of economic and political dominance unthinkable a decade ago. Yet, China’s experience with its first-ever client state, Democratic Kampuchea, suggests the effectiveness of Chinese foreign aid and the efficacy of Chinese influence that comes with it is only as good as the institutions that manage such a relationship.

Posted by zzhu at 02:43 AM

September 16, 2013

Yale Journal of International Affairs Call for Submissions - Volume 9, Issue 1


The Yale Journal of International Affairs (YJIA) is a biannual print journal that seeks to bridge the gap between the academic and policy worlds. YJIA publishes articles, interviews, and op-eds by scholars, think tanks, policy practitioners, and advanced graduate students on topics of international affairs with implications for policy. We look for original argumentation and insightful criticism.

Recent contributors to the Yale Journal of International Affairs include: Marc Grossman, Ryan Crocker, Francis Gavin, Robert Jervis, John M. Owen IV, Marc Trachtenberg, Stephen M. Walt, Alexander Evans, Oona Hathaway, John Lewis Gaddis, Paul Solman, Nicoli Nattrass, Jolyon Howorth, Richard Goldstone, Janet Napolitano, and Stanley McChrystal, among others. To view YJIA’s archives, visit us online at yalejournal.org.

The Yale Journal of International Affairs accepts three types of submissions:
1) Articles (3,000 to 5,000 words) - Please include a 100-word abstract.
2) Op-Eds (800 words or less)
3) Book Reviews (2,000 words or less)

· All citations should take the form of endnotes.
· All submissions must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.
· All submissions must include a short bio, which should not exceed three sentences in length.

Please send submissions by email to YJIA
Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Walters at lindsey[dot]walters[at]yale[dot]edu
no later than October 20, 2013.

Posted by zzhu at 07:26 PM

September 09, 2013

Call for Proposals: Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities

A joint organizing committee of Stanford and UC Berkeley faculty announces the inaugural Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 12, 2014, at the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University. We plan this as a regional and national annual meeting of graduate students specializing in pre-modern Chinese studies, alternating sites in future years between Stanford and Berkeley. The conference aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.

The one-day conference will feature up to eight graduate student presentations of original research on any aspect of pre-modern Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought. We encourage proposals that explore new methodologies, utilize recent developments in digital technology, or reconfigure or cross disciplinary boundaries.

The conference will cover expenses for lodging and round-trip transportation (within North America) for the conference presenters. Other interested students, at Stanford, Berkeley and beyond, are encouraged to attend. Conference registration is free.

Papers will be selected by a joint faculty-student committee of China specialists at the two institutions. Local faculty will serve as discussants for the selected papers.

Applicants are encouraged to present papers associated with ongoing or projected dissertation research.

Now accepting applications for the 2014 conference. April 12, 2014, at Stanford University

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio via our online submission system at

Deadlines: paper proposal and brief bio due December 10, 2013. Notification of acceptance by January 15, 2014. Full paper due March 20, 2014.

For inquiries, contact the Stanford organizers: Ronald Egan
(ronegan[at]stanford[dot]edu) and Yiqun Zhou (yzhou1[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Posted by zzhu at 11:17 AM